posted on May, 10 2012 @ 04:12 PM
This is an issue which in my opinion, and the opinion of others on ATS given some of the responses in threads I've seen, is turning into a problem. I
can understand the occasional "prophecy" or "prediction" threads based on facts, or research. Talking about possible 2012 scenarios while tying in
ancient civilizations and their prophecies is worth discussing. Same as discussing the predictions of someone like Nostradamus. Yet, we're seeing
these threads going into a completely different direction; fear-mongering.
We are seeing numerous threads posted with no real purpose other than possible trolling, and appear to be meant to invoke a reaction based on fear.
What is to be gained by constantly posting threads about civilization being wiped off the face of the earth on a certain date, or the West Coast will
plunge into the ocean on a given date, other than invoking a fear-mongering reaction from forum members?
Increasingly, these threads lack research, lack sources, and/or lack original thought. They regularly appear to be the same "end of the world"
nonsense, regurgitating the same scenarios, with just a slight twist in the presentation by the author.
We all know how many of these predictions actually come to fruition. Yet, we also know how much these threads necessitate fear. It would take little
to no effort for me to sit here and fabricate a thread titled "End of the World-Ides of March, 2013" and pretend to present it in a message I
received in some prophetic dream I had. It will stir up fear, it will invoke emotion, it will cause worry, and it will get countless Stars and Flags.
Yet, few positives will result from it, and while I'm basking in my "15 minutes of ATS fame", I will also be drawing attention away from more
pressing, tangible problems backed by evidence, actually effecting each and every one of us.
Maybe because I live on the West Coast, and have many family and friends up and down both coasts, it rubs me the wrong way moreso than it does others.
It gets tiring, and repetitive, seeing thread after thread pop up telling me California will slide into the ocean during an upcoming earthquake, based
solely on someones dream. This is one scenario of many which has been presented, ad nauseum.
Is there a solution? I don't know. Simple use of the search button would show many of these scenarios have been talked to death, and if someone has
something to add, simply reply in one of those threads. But instead we seem to be having a prophecy type competition, where people simply alter
another's failed prophecy to make it appear original, and basically are throwing poop at a wall and hoping it sticks, with the goal of receiving some
Nostradamus type praise. Yet, what is there to gain? Why keep endlessly predicting the end of man kind and the deaths of many? In order to be correct
in these prophecies, many will have to die.
Seems callous. Seems cold. Seems unnecessary, as the emotions of others are toyed with.